Council to consider new model for supporting children with SEND

Bradford Council will consider new proposals to improve outcomes for children across the district who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The proposals, which will be considered by the Council’s Executive at its meeting on 20 June 2017, set out a new model for delivering services for young children with SEND.

The model would divide the district into two localities each providing 50 early years specialist places alongside mainstream places for young children. These places will be in addition to early years places provided at special schools in the district.

The model would also see two SEND specialist centres of excellence co-located in each locality. Specialist practitioners at the centres would offer a range of services including consultation, support, training and outreach work for all SEND early years children within the locality.

Key to making the new model work will be early identification, early assessment and early intervention of SEND alongside an increase in high quality places to meet a growing need.

The model will also need to make the most effective use of the outstanding practice, provision, specialist knowledge and skills that exist across the Bradford District.

Improving learning outcomes for children with SEND is a major aim of the Council’s new Children, Young People and Families Plan. This includes improving their educational achievement, their independence and emotional well-being, making sure they are safe, and improving training so they are prepared for life and work.

The Council is proposing a period of consultation on the new model, which would be fully operational by 1 April 2018.

Coun Imran Khan, deputy leader and portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “This new model would help us achieve our ambition to give young children with SEND the best start we can. It’s important that we are as efficient as we can be in providing the services that children and young people with SEND need. We know that being able to provide the right services early is very important and we will be consulting with families and our partners so that we deliver these services in the best way possible.”

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